2018 NFL Power Rankings: Eagles no longer on top after Week 2 of preseason

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17. Oakland Raiders

This time last summer, the Oakland Raiders were considered the top candidate to take down the New England Patriots in the AFC since their team seemed built well enough to make a serious run at the Super Bowl. On paper, the Raiders were already stacked with weapons for Derek Carr to work with led by Amari Cooper, but convincing Marshawn Lynch to come out of retirement seemed like it would take the offense to a whole new level.

Instead, Oakland would end up being one of the biggest disappointments from the 2017 season after finishing with a 6-10 record, coming up way short of the hype to be one of the top contenders to take New England down. As far as 2018 is concerned, the Raiders made the tough decision to move on from Jack Del Rio, and replace him with Jon Gruden as head coach, and when seeing his history of developing quarterbacks, Derek Carr has to be excited about the move.

Losing to the Los Angeles Rams 19-15 may have seen frustrating at the time on Saturday, but also the outcome would have been much different had the starters seen action. On another note, Chris Warren continues to make a strong case for playing time this season after finishing Saturday’s contest with 110 rushing yards and a score on 18 carries.